Sunday, November 28

Covid-19 lockdown day 11: how it unfolded

The number of new Covid-19 cases in the community has risen to 82 today, while 25 people are hospitalized with the virus, including two who are in stable condition in intensive care.

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Government officials did not give a briefing today, but in a statement the Health Ministry said that all of today’s new cases were in Auckland, bringing the total number of community Covid-19 cases there to 415, while 14 other cases are in Wellington.

The ministry said 376 cases have now been clearly epidemiologically linked to another case or subgroup, with another 53 for which links have yet to be fully established.

Of the 25 people who are in hospital due to community Covid-19 cases, one is at North Shore Hospital, 11 at Middlemore Hospital, 12 at Auckland City Hospital and one at Wellington Regional Hospital.

Of the new cases, 62 are people from the Pacific, five are Asian, four are European, two are Maori, one is from the Middle East / Latin America / Africa, and the ethnicity of eight is unknown.

89,316 vaccines were administered yesterday, the second-highest daily total to date. Of these, 65,011 were first doses and 24,305 were second doses.

It brings the total number of doses administered to 3.2 million. Of that, 2.1 million are first doses and more than 1.1 million are second doses.

Warkworth test

All patients in the dementia ward at Amberlea Home in Warkworth, where a positive case worked two shifts unknowingly, have been evaluated.

Of the 13 samples taken, 12 were negative and the remaining test is pending and expected today.

Public health officials understand that the worker is fully vaccinated and adheres to strict level 4 infection prevention and control procedures, including wearing face covers and other personal protective equipment, the Health Ministry said.

Confirmed vaccination error

The Health Ministry’s Covid-19 update confirmed an error at a vaccination center in Canterbury earlier this month that meant 13 people may have received a lower dose of the Covid-19 vaccine than anticipated.

The ministry said the incident would have caused no damage.

As a result, twelve of the 13 people were contacted and booked to receive another dose of the vaccine, the ministry said.

The ministry said it is still trying to reach the remaining person who is signed up to receive their second dose.

The Health Ministry said these types of incidents were not common and worked with the vaccination team to support its response to each affected person.

The vaccine provider will make improvements and provide additional training for staff, he said.

Police Disappointed By Mountain Bike Gathering

Queenstown police said they were extremely disappointed to have found more than 50 people on mountain bikes yesterday on a track in Fernhill.

They were called to the park to help rescue a motorcyclist who had crashed. She was airlifted to Dunedin Hospital.

It took two hours, an SUV, and several police and ambulance crews to get the injured cyclist out of the park.

Police said they will speak with her at a later date and are considering enforcement action for violating the restrictions.

Police said that since the Level 4 restrictions went into effect, as of 5 p.m. on Aug. 27, 93 people across the country have been charged with a total of 99 crimes.

Most of the arrests were the result of protest activity in the early days of alert level 4, police said.

Queenstown to lose after Winter Pride festival closes

One of Queenstown’s biggest festivals has been canceled as a result of yesterday’s closure announcement.

The 10-day Winter Pride festival had already shrunk when the travel bubble with Australia closed, and again when the closure was announced last week.

Organizer Martin King said he was still hoping to hold a four-day event, but yesterday’s announcement means this is no longer possible.

He said he has feelings for Queenstown businesses that will lose associated revenue.

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